Today the Water and Sanitation Corporation together with other partners in water sector led by the Ministry of Environment join the rest of the World to organize the World Water Day normally celebrated on 22 March each year.
The message of Car Free Day during water week was to "leave no one behind in protecting water resources and infrastructure"
This year water day is celebrated under the theme “LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND”
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Leaving no one behind’, adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.
The Government of Rwanda will not wait 2030 to achieve the goal. The target is to reach 100% access to clean water by 2024.
To achieve this, The Rwanda Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Program was initiated among others with the main objective to improve the quality of life and socio-economic development of the country by ensuring equitable provision of adequate, reliable and sustainable water and sanitation services for targeted areas with a view to promoting economic growth and transformation
Funded by African Development Bank(AfDB) The program will be implemented in the City of Kigali and the satellite cities of Rubavu, Rusizi, Nyagatare, Muhanga, Huye, Musanze as well as Karongi town, covering water supply and sanitation sub-projects
In a framework of the World Water Day Journalists visited Gihira WTP and the new Gihira project as part of RSWSS program
Apart from Kigali and its satellite cities, the additional finance by AfDB will cover other cities and rural areas. It’s planned that at the completion of RSWSS more than 2.6 million people will have access to clean water on a cost mounting around 436 million US Dollars not later than 2023.
The RSWSS comes as a boost to existing projects being implemented to ensure the 100% access to clean water is achieved by 2024 as targeted by the Government of Rwanda.
As we celebrate the World Water Day, residents of Rwanda are urged to protect water resources by mainly fighting against erosion that can damage water sources, springs and rivers that supply raw water to water treatment plants. WASAC also calls for community role in shielding water related infrastructure and avoid any practices that can hinder water supply
Sebeya River which serves as a source of raw water to Gihira WTP is sometimes too turbid to be treated due to soil erosion caused mainly by human activities